Late judge was ‘ahead of his time’ on Indigenous right issues, professor says – CBC

by ahnationtalk on May 21, 202042 Views

John Turnbull was a politician, lawyer, Court of Queen’s Bench justice, and ‘larger than life character’

May 20, 2020

John W. Turnbull, the New Brunswick politician, lawyer and judge known for his decision to recognize Indigenous logging rights, died Tuesday at age 84.

Turnbull served as a Court of Queen’s Bench justice for 28 years. He was born in Montreal but lived in Saint John most of his life.

In the Peter Paul logging case in 1997, Turnbull wrote the decision that recognized Indigenous peoples’ right to harvest timber from Crown land for commercial purposes.

The decision was overturned on appeal and the man at the centre of it, Thomas Peter Paul, was fined $120 for illegal harvesting.

But Indigenous rights expert Ken Coates said Wednesday that the repercussions of the unprecedented decision remain to this day.

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